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June 07, 2014

There’s Treasure Everywhere

Fun fact: I nearly called my band piece “Noisy Wheels of Joy” “There’s Treasure Everywhere” as tribute to my all-time favorite comic. Changed it only because I want to save that tribute for a more substantial work.

May 08, 2014

Our Next Big Project: The Virtual Youth Choir

OK gang, here we go… if you are 18 or under and sing – JOIN US! Our next big project will launch next week: the first Virtual Youth Choir.   We are asking singers from around the world age 18 and younger to learn the song, record & upload their video to create the Virtual… continued

March 11, 2014

Ah, Copyright…

With all the talk in my last post about being denied the rights to set Shel Silverstein’s poetry to music – his estate won’t allow it – I was suddenly reminded of three of my pieces that almost didn’t survive because of the same problem: Cloudburst, Water Night and A Boy and a Girl. I… continued

January 31, 2014

First Sketches on “Hurt”

Made some first sketches this afternoon of an a cappella cover of Trent Reznor’s Hurt. Hard to hear all the biting dissonances when I play it on piano, but I think this is really going to work with voices. The Eric Whitacre Singers will premiere it on March 24th as part of the continued

January 28, 2014

Chicago Workshop, February 4th

The Northwestern University workshop I will give February 4th – free to the public – is completely full, no more tickets. THANK YOU to student Lori Heckman who personally responded to all 700 attendees. And thank you to my dear friend Dr. Stephen Alltop for hosting the event and for bringing his excellent continued

January 27, 2014

Out Of The Bag

Safe to say that this was one of the most influential moments of my life.

January 25, 2014

The Best

Now THIS needs a choral cover. Doing this ASAP.

January 24, 2014

Classical Music is Dead? Whatever.

Just read yet another article in Slate about the “death of classical music”. These proclamations make me laugh because from where I am standing, “classical music” is THRIVING. So many people (young people especially) hungry and passionate for music and art that has deep meaning, singing in choirs, playing in bands and orchestras, attending… continued

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